Duncan Memorial has a long tradition of active service in missions in our own community and around the world. Teams from this congregation have served in missions in Ukraine, the Philippines, and Mexico. Locally, Duncan Memorial members volunteer with West Hanover Wood Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.), and Circles Ashland, to name just a few. Come put your faith into action here.

Ashland Christian Emergency Services (A.C.E.S.)

A.C.E.S. is an all volunteer non-profit organization that was founded in 1950 and is supported by community groups, scouts, churches, schools and individuals. Their mission is to serve and address the unmet needs of the less fortunate in our community. They provide household items, food, clothing and limited financial aid. In addition, A.C.E.S. provides some transient aid and has limited medical equipment available.

A.C.E.S. is located at 507 B Caroline St. in Ashland. Congregation members are involved through their work during hours of operation, donating usable items and monetary donations. This non-profit organization receives no federal, state or local funding and exists solely as the result of donations received, either material or monetary. Please consider how you might be involved in this ministry. You may call them Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 -11:30 AM at 798-2784.

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Circles Ashland

Developed and launched by Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in 2016, Circles Ashland, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Virginia nonprofit corporation with the mission to inspire, inform and equip individuals, families and community to resolve poverty and thrive.
The focus area is Ashland, Virginia – a seven square mile town of 7,503 located on the I-95 corridor 15 miles north of Richmond where the issue of deep poverty resides among nearly 15% of Ashland’s population; about 1,100 children and families.
Circles Ashland is the first Virginia chapter of Circles USA, a national organization that is committed to resolving poverty in the U.S. and Canada. It provides resources and supports for independent organizations wanting to establish its highly regarded and proven model in their communities. Currently, Circles is active in 12 major cities and 59 counties across America, with expansion plans to reach ten percent of major cities and ten percent of all counties in the US.
Circles employs a unique, two-pronged approach. For two years or more, it provides life skills training, individual coaching, peer support, leadership development, links to employment, children’s programming, and more to selected low-wage earners who are highly motivated to climb out of poverty. Concurrently, Circles works with community members and organization to recognize and address systemic barriers to self-sufficiency, such as livable wage jobs; accessible, affordable, reliable transportation; affordable housing; resolution of Cliff Effects, etc.
For more information, contact Circles Ashland at info@circlesashland-va.org or phone 804-496-1212.

Prison Ministry

In conjunction with Gospel Jail Ministry, Duncan Memorial ministers to the inmates at Pamunkey Regional Jail, particularly at Christmastime. Recognizing that Christmas is a lonely time for those who are incarcerated, members of Duncan Memorial bake dozens of cookies for the inmates.

Through a companion program, members of the church buy clothing and toys for the children of those inmates and assure their delivery in time for Christmas. The Chancel Choir visits the jail during this season to bring the inmates joy in song.

During the year efforts are made to help Gospel Jail Ministry through support of their fundraising concerts as well as our own sales of items during Strawberry Faire.

Each year, our Manna Band visits Greensville Correctional Center, a medium security men’s facility located in Jarrett, VA.  Over time our band has built meaningful relationships with their praise band by combining to lead the inmates in worship. Anyone over age 18 is welcome to go with us.  For information about visiting GCC, contact Atticus Finn at 804-798-7224 or atticus.finn@duncanmemorialumc.org.

For more information, contact Gospel Jail Ministry at 804-261-1810.

Society of St. Andrew

Duncan Memorial has a longstanding relationship with the